We took the Mangrove Tour with the NP Tour group at 11 a.m 7/1. Steve was our tour guide. We liked the idea that the boat was just for 6 keeping it more intimate and personalized to our questions. It was a little hot but with a small bag of cooled waters, and snacks we brought along for this 1 hr 45 min tour we did just fine. Got some good shots of the south western gulf area of the park. Steve did his best to locate some manatee's and we found one but it did not surface to say hello. The mangrove areas we saw were fantastic to see and the water was just glass smooth making the trip very enjoyable. Great shots with the clouds being mirrored on the ponds surface. Would have liked to have seen the observation tower open but it was not. Overall we learned a few things and got to see this area before we head for Shark Valley and the Anhinga Trail boardwalk areas to the North and East.